About materials

About materials

 

SILVER CARE AND CLEANING
STORING / CONSERVING SILVER
SILVER IS A GENUINE THING!
INFORMATION ABOUT SILVER
SILVER IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
HISTORY OF SILVER
INFORMATION ABOUT BRONZE
CLEANING BRONZE
HISTORY OF BRONZE
PEARLS
STEEL JEWELLERY

 
SILVER CARE AND CLEANING

 

Silver has the property of tarnishing as it is in contact with air. When you take care of your jewellery it stays beautiful for a long time. Do not wear your jewellery when you spray perfume or hairspray. Also swimming in chlorine water or contact with strong cleansing agents or chemicals will darken your silver.

Silver jewellery should be cleaned at regular intervals. You can clean dust and loose dirt under running water using a mild hand soap solution. You can also use a soft polishing cloth or a special silver cleansing agent in order to remove tarnish and make your jewellery, as well as other silver items, shiny again. You can order an inexpensive and effective silver polishing cloth (code nr. 191001) from us. After you have polished the silver jewellery with the cloth, wash it before the next use as chemicals that can irritate the skin, remain in the cloth.

If tarnishing is very strong, you can use silver cleansing agent or paste. Follow carefully the instructions and do not rub the stones in your jewellery with the polishing agent or paste. If the jewellery has a design on it?s surface or holes you should not use the polishing paste as it will be difficult to remove. 

Kitchen paper towels are not suitable for polishing silver as the fibres in the paper will easily scratch the surface of your jewellery.

Jewellery shops also can clean and polish your jewellery professionally for a small payment.


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STORING / CONSERVING SILVER

 

When you are not using your jewellery, a very effective and inexpensive method of conserving your silver jewellery is to keep them in a plastic bag (air tight zip log bag). Protected from the air and light they will stay as new for a long time.

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SILVER IS A GENUINE THING!

 

Silver alloy that is almost pure silver is marked with .999 (silver content is 99,9 % or more). Pure silver is however soft and in order to create lasting jewellery designs silver must be mixed with other tempering metals. Sterling-silver is silver where pure silver content is minimum 92.5% and the rest is copper.

Our jewellery is produced of 925 Sterling-silver and they do not contain nickel. Silvernet Inc. is a member of Finnish Jeweller?s association and registered by TUKES, Safety technology authority. (www.tukes.fi/en/). All our jewellery is authentic and good quality and contains all the appropriate stamps.

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INFORMATION ABOUT SILVER

 

World?s biggest silver producers are Mexico, Peru, United States, Australia and Chile. 20% of silver is dug out off actual silver mines and 80% is a by-product of gold, copper, led and zinc mining.

Silver is very well suitable for producing jewellery and it is possible to shape it almost in any way. The chemical qualities of silver are described with following terms: lustrous, white, flexible, elastic, with electric and thermal conductivity, great resistance for temperature change, reflecting light, light-sensitive.

The symbol for silver: Ag

Melting point: 961.93?C

Unit of weight: Troy Ounce

Buying silver in international trade this old unit of weight is still being used. 1 Troy Ounce = 31.1034 gr.

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SILVER IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

 

Latin = argentum
French = argent
German = silber
Italian = argento
Portuguese = prata
Spanish = plata
Estonian = hõbe
Finnish= hopea

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HISTORY OF SILVER

 

Silver has been valued for thousands of years and the mankind?s admiration of the silver started over 6000 years ago. First silver vases were produced in Crete already ca 3100 BC. Silver jewellery has been manufactured since ancient times in order to decorate clothes, necks, wrists and hair etc. Around 700 BC silver was started being used as a payment method. Sterling-silver has become the norm in silver item production since 14th century.

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INFORMATION ABOUT BRONZE


Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin. It does not contain nickel so it is rare bronze causes allergic reactions. Our bronze items have been polished and varnished. The hooks in our bronze earrings are gold plated silver and the pins and the backs of our stud earrings are silver. Our bronze chains are gold plated and the gold plating preserves the chain shiny and beautiful for a long time.

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CLEANING BRONZE


In time the varnishing on bronze jewellery can wear down and it may tarnish. You can also use soft polishing cloth and then wash it with mild washing-up liquid. You can order an inexpensive and good silver polishing cloth from us (item no: 191001). After you have polished the bronze jewellery with the cloth, wash it before the next use as chemicals that can irritate the skin, remain in the cloth. Toothpaste (NOT special toothpastes) can be effective as well and after cleaning you need to rinse the jewellery with lukewarm water and dry it.

You can also take your bronze jewellery to a jewellery shop for cleaning. Skins pH value varies from person to person and with some people bronze tarnishes quicker than with others and many people have a skin type that makes bronze become brighter by wear so that it approaches the colour of gold.

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HISTORY OF BRONZE

 

Bronze has been used in jewellery production very early especially in Scandinavia. Bronze is very durable and bronze jewellery has remained in good condition for hundreds of years. Bronze has warm brown colour and working it in different methods it can appear in bright golden shade or darker shade as in prehistoric jewellery.

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PEARLS


All our pearl jewellery is made out of natural fresh water pearls. Avoid spraying perfume or hair spray while using your pearl jewellery as the surface of the pearl gets easily damaged by chemicals. After wearing your pearls it is worth while to wipe them with dry or slightly damp chamois.

Dirty pearls can be washed with mild soap water and lay them after washing on a towel on a flat surface. Do not wear your necklace of pearls before it?s totally dry as the string will stretch while wet and collect dirt.

Silvernet necklaces of pearls are inexpensive and for every day use. Uneven pearls are interesting and you will not find two identical necklaces as every pearl is unique. The price and assessment of pearls depend on colour, shape, size and the quality of the surface. We have chosen specifically inexpensive and irregular pearls for our jewellery as we wish to offer our customers trendy but reasonably priced jewellery. White and pearls tinged with red are natural colour and other pearls are coloured natural pearls.

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STEEL JEWELLERY


Our steel jewellery is good-quality and do not cause allergic reactions. We have tested our products and they are very suitable especially for men and for hard wear and tear. Steel is very durable material and does not scratch easily. The popularity of steel jewellery has grown year after year and especially in the middle Europe men?s jewellery sets are often produced with steel.

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